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Bledsoe County Geocaching Tour, Pikeville – Discover fascinating stories, spectacular views and great food as your GPS guides you on an adventure. As part of this new geocaching tour, 44 geocaches are hidden at sites across Bledsoe County, the Sequatchie Valley and at Fall Creek Falls State Park.

Go West Young Man: Western Frontier Couture of Manuel Exhibit at Monthaven Arts & Cultural Center, Hendersonville – Known as the “Stylist to the Stars,” Manuel’s signature designs are known for their elaborate, rhinestone embellishments which have covered Salvador Dali, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Marty Stuart, Dwight Yoakam and more. Manuel’s styles have awed audiences and fans around the world.

The Walls Art Park, Waverly – This art park is a one-of-a-kind park where artists can express themselves with their art by painting on the walls. Artists are invited to come out, pick a wall, and create whatever is in their soul.

New Restaurant, Attraction & Shop Openings

Portland Pizza and Pub, Portland – This restaurant serves delicious, creative pizzeria and local brews.

Back Dō/Mi Yard, Memphis – Inspired by many trips to Jamaica, local restauranteur Karen Carrier adds another concept to her brand. This restaurant is behind her other restaurant, The Beauty Shop, and highlights elevated takes on classic Caribbean food.

Coastal Fish Company, Memphis – This restaurant is making great seafood selections even more accessible to the Mid-South area. From the owners of local, fine-dining restaurants Flight and Southern Social, this venture’s menu features items like oysters with wasabi apple or passionfruit chili sorbets as opposed to the typical garnishes.

Marcy Jo’s Muletown, Downtown Columbia – Open November 2019, Marcy Jo’s Muletown, sister restaurant of iconic Marcy Jo’s Mealhouse & Bakery, serves up home-cooked breakfast and lunch daily, and features monthly songwriters’ nights.

The Ice Cream Social, Gallatin – Unique ice cream parlor located inside Filly’s Game and Grill on the downtown Gallatin Square.

Cooking 101 Restaurant and Cooking Classes, Hendersonville – Enjoy a prepared meal or learn to make your own yummy dishes at this eatery.

Simpl, Knoxville – Owner and Executive Chef Kendall Ball serves up southern small plates made with locally-sourced ingredients, upscale takes on classic bar snacks and Instagram-worthy brunch fare.

Perk City, Knoxville – This coffee shop offers a bottomless cup and baked goods including lavender blackberry cornbread. Inside, there are historic pictures of the area and a space for local artists and other “makers” to display their work. Each month, the shop offers a specialty drink to benefit a local charity.

Mountain Monster, Pigeon Forge – A 200-foot-tall drop tower featuring three rides in one, anchors the Tower Shops at Mountain Mile. The Tower Lawns at Mountain Mile are also open.

Monster Mash Burgers, Sevierville – The themed restaurant inspired by classic horror movies, serves up house-ground burgers, hotdogs, and out-of-this-world milkshakes.

Ogle Brothers General Store, Sevierville – Step back in time and shop for Christmas gifts. Local honey, jams and more line the shelves at this “farmer’s market” concept store.

New Distilleries and Breweries

Gutter Bound Distillery, Hurricane Mills – American spirits crafted in the spirit of the American Craftsman. Each bottle produced at the first legal distillery in Hurricane Mills contains locally-produced, small-batch, handcrafted spirits.

Elst Brewing Company, Knoxville – Elst was created by four Knoxville neighbors that shared an appreciation for great tasting beer and the process of creating a recipe, sourcing the finest ingredients and combining them with precision and science.

Junction 35 Spirits, Pigeon Forge – Straight from the hills of The Smoky Mountains, Junction 35 Spirits is bringing a long-time family tradition to the public. The rich local history of making and running spirits diverging with the Master Distillery brings together a taste like no other.

New Hotels

Arrive Hotel (Nov. 2019), Memphis –This boutique hotel will sit in the middle of the South Main Arts District, across the street from the National Civil Rights Museum. With 62 rooms, an onsite bakery (Hustle and Dough), bar (Longshot), and cocktail spot, this new hotel will mesh right into the neighborhood’s eclectic, Memphis vibe.

Central Station, Memphis – One of the city’s newest hotels stands in the 105-year-old Amtrak station in the heart of the South Main Historic Arts District. With 123 rooms, this property, which is also part of Hilton’s Curio Collection, combines historic and artistic elements to create an experience that is uniquely Memphis.

The Harpeth Hotel, Franklin – Opening in winter 2019, The Harpeth Hotel, a Curio by Hilton property, will become downtown Franklin’s most luxurious hotel featuring 119 rooms. With a nod to the local flavor, 1799 Kitchen inside The Harpeth Hotel will feature mouthwatering dishes and distinct cocktails.

The Historic Central Hotel(Feb. 2020), Sevierville – The boutique hotel is slated to open in historic downtown Sevierville. The luxurious two-bedroom units feature full kitchens, a fireplace, a private balcony and more. On the ground floor, find The Honeybee Coffee Co. as well as Prawns, a new seafood restaurant.

The Ridge Outdoor Resort, Sevierville – With 50 RV campsites, tiny home glamping and luxury tent camping, this truly is a unique place to stay. Look for more additions coming soon to The Ridge including a dog park, pickleball court and gaga ball courts.

Winter Events Across Tennessee (November-February)

Gaylord Opryland’s “A Country Christmas”  (Nov. 8-Jan. 1), Nashville – Marvel and celebrate the season at Gaylord Opryland’s “A Country Christmas” featuring more than 3 million lights, nine acres of stunning décor, a Build-A-Bear Workshop, gingerbread decorating corner and ICE! featuring “A Christmas Story” in 2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides.

Zoolumination (Nov. 15-Jan. Dec. 30), Nashville – See the Nashville Zoo in a whole new light at the country’s largest Chinese lantern festival. Zoolumination features over 500 custom-made silk lanterns, elaborate displays with animals, holiday-themed scenes and even a 200-foot-long dragon.

Outdoor Ice Skating at Wilderness at the Smokies (Nov. 15, 2019-Jan. 5, 2020), Sevierville – Families can enjoy the tradition of ice skating during the holidays and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa at the 3,200 square-foot ice rink. Indoors, a variety of fun festivities take place, including visits with Santa, story time with Mrs. Claus, cookie decorating, crafts, games and shopping in specialty gift shops.

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland (Nov. 15, 2019-Jan. 5, 2020), Sevierville – Drive through LED lights, experience live music and fun activities for the kids, including crafts and photos with Santa at Smokies Stadium.

The Dancing Lights of Christmas(Nov 16, 2019-Jan. 4, 2020), Lebanon – Load up the car and see over 2 million lights dancing to the music on the radio at the Wilson County and the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.

Candy Christmas at Crave Golf Club (Nov. 20-Jan. 5, 2020) Pigeon Forge – The interactive mini-golf course transforms into a candy-themed winter wonderland with garland, wreaths, candy canes, Christmas trees and more lights than Willy Wonka would have ever approved.

Holidays Under the Peaks (Nov. 22-Dec. 24) Chattanooga – Nothing says “holidays” quite like wearing your PJs in public or seeing Santa Claus decked out in a wetsuit and fins. At the Tennessee Aquarium, underwater appearances by SCUBA Claus and the chance to sip hot cocoa and cuddle up in your coziest jammies while watching The Polar Express 3D are the most jingle-worthy of seasonal traditions.

Let It Glow Christmas Light Show (Nov. 22-Dec. 30), Union City – Drive through 50 acres of thousands of twinkling lights synced to classic songs at Discovery Park of America. The cost is $10 per car. Be sure to purchase a pair of 3D glasses to see dazzling displays.

GLOW Nashville(Nov. 22-Dec. 31) – Witness one of the country’s tallest Christmas trees, millions of lights, and a life-size Santa’s Workshop, ice skating, tubing experiences and plenty of holiday activities at First Tennessee Park.

Enchanted Garden of Lights (Nov. 22-Jan. 4, 2020), Rock City in Chattanooga – Immerse in this award-winning holiday lighting spectacular with live music, holiday treats like gingerbread cookies and hot cocoa, and delight in magical decorations.

Smoky Mountain Winterfest(Nov. 22, 2019-Feb. 17, 2020), in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville – Smoky Mountain Winterfest offers a spectacular display of lights and events to celebrate the season with light displays, shopping, award-winning shows and attractions — all while showcasing the winter beauty of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

“Night of Light,” Christmas Tree Lighting on the Town Square(Nov. 23), Columbia – The much-anticipated tree-lighting ceremony features a majestic, 40-foot Christmas tree on the Courthouse Square. It’s a magical night of holiday music and entertainment sure to usher in the joy and splendor of the holidays. The special guest emcee is nationally-syndicated country radio personality Blair Garner who has captivated the airwaves for 30 years. Admission is free.

A Very Maury Christmas Holiday Market(Nov. 23), Columbia – This regional holiday market features over 30 quality vendors in downtown Columbia. A $5 donation is accepted at the door.

Colonial Coffee: A Revolutionary Drink(Nov. 23), Elizabethton – Roast up beans, use a hand mill to grind coffee, brew a pot over the open hearth, and enjoy a hot cup of history 11 a.m. at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park.

Holiday Lights at Cheekwood Estate & Gardens (Nov. 23-Jan. 5), Nashville – Celebrate the season with 1 million lights, holiday concerts, cookie decorating, gingerbread workshops, s’mores stations, art and live reindeer.

 “A Christmas Carol” at the Roxy Regional Theatre (Nov. 28-Dec. 21), Clarksville –  Ebenezer and his ghostly encounters come to life in this lavish and thrilling musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ most well-known story.

Drive-Thru Christmas Lights at the Clarksville Speedway (Nov. 28-Dec. 31), Clarksville – Enjoy over one mile, and over 1 million lights from the comfort of your car.

Holiday Tea and Thanksgiving Marketplace(Nov. 29-30), Rugby – Relax from the hustle and bustle of the season 1-3 p.m. at Uffington House in Historic Rugby.  Tickets are $22 and $16 for children under age 12.

Downtown Peppermint Trail(Nov. 29, 2019-Jan. 5, 2020), Knoxville – Stroll downtown to see trees, windows, doors, and patios dripping in lights and dipped in peppermint. More than 100,000 lights and garlands throughout downtown create a winter wonderland; and restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, bars and boutiques offer peppermint specials.

Elf on the Shelf(Nov. 29, 2019-Jan. 5, 2020), Knoxville – Scout elves will land in Knoxville to begin the scavenger hunt. Children of all ages are invited to pick up a North Pole Pass at any of the participating businesses to help guide them through the adventure. There will be treats and prizes along the way until adopted scout elves return to the North Pole.

Christmas with the Annie Moses Band (Nov. 30), The Caverns in Pelham – On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, escape to the Cumberland Mountains to hear the Annie Moses Band, a classical-crossover string and vocal band made up of six virtuosic siblings. 

Festival of Lights at Drakes Creek Park (Dec. 1-15), Hendersonville – For the first time, the City of Hendersonville will host a drive-thru of Christmas light displays through Drakes Creek Park.

Christmas on the Cumberland (Nov. 26-Jan. 1, 2020), Clarksville – One million lights illuminate the half-mile Cumberland Riverwalk with captivating displays. Special crafts, dances, choirs and other activities will take plan on select Saturdays. This free event is a treasured tradition open 5-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 5-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Christmas in Olde Jonesborough (Nov. 30-Dec. 21), Jonesborough – Tennessee’s oldest town features a month-long series of events and activities for the holiday season along with music, storytelling, visits from Santa and a Christmas Market. The series kicks off with Whoville and Small Business Saturday Nov. 30.

Christmas Carriage & Wagon Rides (Dec. 6-8, 13-15, 20), Cookeville – Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage or wagon ride in Dogwood Park down the grand sidewalk around the Christmas Tree while the music and light show plays.

Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes (Dec. 7), Murfreesboro – Usher in the holiday season with an enchanting tour of historic homes, distinctive churches the Oaklands Mansion while listening to the music of carolers from local schools and churches.

Candlelight Christmas (Dec. 14), Collinsville – Docents will take guests on guided tours of the pioneer settlement 4-8 p.m. See 16 structures from mid-19th Century adorned with primitive period holiday décor along with music, hot chocolate, food vendors and crafts for the kids.

Dickens of a Christmas(Dec. 14-15), Franklin – Middle Tennessee’s largest outdoor Christmas festival returns for its 35th year of filling Main Street with over 200 musicians, dancers and characters from Charles Dickens’ famed stories along with southern artisans and makers from across the South.

Elvis Presley Birthday (Jan. 8- 11, 2020), Memphis – Graceland gears up to celebrate what would have been Elvis Presley’s 85th birthday. With four event-filled days and appearances by Priscilla Presley, there’s no better way to celebrate The King!

Chocolatefest – (Jan. 25, 2020), Knoxville – Enjoy chocolate from area chocolatiers, restaurants & bakeries at World’s Fair Exhibition Hall.

“Home, Heart, Heritage: Black History Month Historical Art Workshops & Quilt Program” (Feb.2-23, 2020), Hendersonville – Celebrate and honor Black History Month at Monthaven Arts & Cultural Center and help create a quilt that tells the story of momentous African American figures and moments in history.

Rose Glen Literary Festival (Feb. 22, 2020), Sevierville – This festival at Sevierville Convention Center features premier southeastern authors, speakers and a book fair. The Keynote Speaker is Therese Anne Fowler (ZThe Well-Behaved Woman, A Good Neighborhood). Additional speakers include:Walter Ziffer (Confronting the Silence), Dr. Bill Bass (The Body Farm novels), Michael Knight (The Briarwood School for Girls), S.J. Dalhman (A Familiar Wilderness: Searching for home on Daniel Boone’s Road), and Paul Brown (Rufus: James Agee in Tennessee).

For a complete list of what’s happening in Tennessee, visit tnvacation.com/calendar.  

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Chevrolet Silverado 2WD RST DBL

By Anthony Sovinsky x Vaughn Lowery

The truck buyer is a unique individual looking to satisfy a variety of needs that match the demands of their lifestyle. Like the American dream, where there is a will there is a way. The all new 2019 Chevy Silverado 2WD RST DBL has created the perfect means to wherever their journey ends.

The Silverado has undergone some plastic surgery for this year; and we must say, for a full-size utility truck, it looks good. Let’s start at the front. The grille is just down right colossal which gives it with a very dominant presence. It’s design features are evocative of its athletic brother, the Camaro, with a near identical LED headlight ensemble. Below the headlamps are two more sets of functional lighting components that include daytime reflectors and fog lights. Tasteful cuts and lines give it a very modern look while preserving its rugged nature. Aside from looking like it belongs in a transformer movie, the Silverado is also equipped like one. It possesses the following: a tailgate with lift assist; power back and release; a corner step rear bumper for ease of access to the truck bed; 12 fixed durabed tie downs with each corner rated at 500lb and LED durabed lighting.

The double cab was undoubtably spacious and the convenience package afforded enhanced comfortability as well as style. We encountered a number of useful additions which were of great use. First off, the bucket seats were ergonomically designed to allow for cozy travel no matter how far the destination. Next, the ultra crisp sound of the Bose audio system immediately heightened the driving experience and instantly became a key highlight of the vehicle. For music, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard so prompt connectivity was a must. Furthermore, we had access to 4 USB ports to charge our phones. This comes in handy when there is a cabin full of avid cell phone users who are all on 10%. Lastly, the 8” HD color infotainment system with touchscreen and voice recognition makes it easy to navigate the city while allowing for handsfree texting and phone calls.

When powering a truck there is usually a sacrifice of efficiency for power. Well Chevrolet has solved that problem in 2019 with a 2.7 liter V4. Yes, that’s right, a 4-cylinder. Now, how does it power a full size truck? Easy, they turbocharge it, resulting in 310 hp and 348 ft-lb of torque (20 mpg street and 23 mpg highway). Because it’s boosted, torque is readily available at the tap of the throttle, providing the truck with additional pep to pass slow vehicles and getting up to highway speed faster.

While the tank-like structure and ride height provide a secure feel and safe ride, it does inhibit maneuverability in city traffic. The safety package ($890) increases the driver’s awareness. Front and rear park assist made it much less painful to park In confined spaces, which appeared quite often during our commutes in Los Angeles. Rush hour can become even more of a nuisance if you can’t switch lanes fast enough to keep with the flow of traffic. Lane change along with side blind zone alert allowed us to safely merge into different lanes.

In short, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2WD RST DBL possesses a bold futuristic styling. It’s agility is in tandem with other truck manufacturers and is well worth its value being priced well-equipped for just under $50,000.

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JASON LEE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

By Armon Hayes

As of late, Jason Lee held a birthday celebration in NYC at the Bryant Park Hotel. His second stop along his birthday tour set to wrap in Miami at LIV. He’s the Founder/CEO of Hollywood Unlocked and its podcast “Uncensored” which is a joint venture with Premiere Network, launching the outlet into syndication within 50 markets. Also, this is in conjunction with iHeart radio and urban contemporary radio stations worldwide. 

360 Magazine had access to the exclusive event. The dimly lit venue set the tone for Lee to take center stage for his birthday speech. Making it clear, he has no plans on playing it safe and “looking forward to getting punched in the face.” Lee was surrounded by love from supporters and close friends like Cardi B. and Wendy Williams. 

2020 Range Rover Evoque AWD

By Camila Isopo × Vaughn Lowery

City-dwellers rejoice! You have another compact vehicle to choose from for all of your summer events. Seating five people, the new 2020 range rover evoque AWD is here to fulfill your driverly needs. Right before this compact SUV hits dealers 360 Magazine had the opportunity to test out its functionality in one of the most dense urban areas in America – Los Angeles, California. With its curb appeal, sexy design edits on the new 2020 model – this car will be one of the top contenders within its market segment.


Price: $56,850

Design: 

The new 2020 Range Rover Evoque comes in nolita grey, seoul pearl silver or yulong metallic paint with a black contrast. There’s a massive pillarless and non-retractable moonroof that adds an element of spaciousness in the interior.  The steering wheel is duotone leather. As for the seats, they are 14-way adjustable and also made of leather. The seats come in ebony or cloud. This model stores up to three preferred seating positions in its memory. Branded tread plates and a trim finish are extra details included in this model. Some signature features that drivers can expect are 20 inch “5079” style wheels with dynamic 5 split spoke and a diamond turned finish that includes the land Rover logo in heart.

Tech:

The new interface and infotainment system is more sleek and dynamic than before. Other technological features included in this model design are: premium LED headlights. A touch pro duo feature allows drivers to view something on one screen while using other media as well.

Performance:

This Range Rover model has a 2.0L turbocharged 4-Cylinder Gas Engine. It also has a 9 speed automatic transmission with black gearshift paddles. Drivers have electric assisted steering as well as terrain response and terrain progress control. Hill descent is another available control feature. The mpg is 20 city/27 highway. This model also has 246 horsepower. The torque is 269 lb-ft. When you drive, this rover leaps forward. 

Safety: 

For the safety of the driver and their passengers, perimetric alarm and incontrol protect are included in this model. Of course, airbags are included both in the front and sides of the car. The tires have a  pressure monitoring system. ISOFIX system is included for child seat safety. Some control features are: traction control, dynamic stability control, and roll stability control. The breaking features are: emergency braking, anti-locking braking, and emergency brake assist. When driving, you have a rearview camera as well as lane keep assist and a driver condition monitoring system. 

With off road capabilities, this will become one of the fastest selling SUVs in its segment. Technology meets luxury with this model. Millenials and empty-nesters would do well to purchase this vehicle.

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Tech’s Impact on Journalism

In the epicenter of big tech, Representative Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) joined Audrey Cooper, the Executive Editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, CEO of CalMatters and the former Executive Editor of Bay Area News Group Neil Chase, and Save Journalism Project co-founders Laura Bassett, a laid-off HuffPost reporter, and John Stanton, laid-off former D.C. bureau chief of BuzzFeed, to shine a light on the plight of local news and a key culprit: big tech.   

n the first quarter of 2019, the media has shed more than 2,400 jobs – including East Bay Express staffers – and, over the past 10 years, newsrooms have declined in size by 45%. The plight of the journalism industry has generated bipartisan congressional action, a rather unique occurrence in this polarized political climate. And while the journalism industry faces many challenges, the focus of Congress’ current action is to halt big tech’s negative impact on the economic sustainability of the free press. Wednesday’s speakers will address this unusual bipartisan action and the widespread consequences of the loss of local news.

According to Representative Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11), “Not that long ago, the Bay Area was home to over 1,500 journalists, but now there are less than 300 serving roughly 7 million people. This problem is not unique to our community—it is happening in every corner of the country, and we need to act. During a time when fact and accountability are under constant attack, today’s conversation about ways to preserve and protect local news and high-quality journalism is critical to the health of our democracy.”

According to Neil Chase, CEO of CalMatters and the former Executive Editor of Bay Area News Group, “I’m glad we had such a deep, meaningful conversation about the challenges facing journalism today, right here in downtown San Francisco. If we can’t solve it here, we can’t hope to help the places across America that don’t have the technology and financial resources that are available in a place like this.”

According to Laura Bassett, laid-off HuffPost senior politics reporter and co-founder of the Save Journalism Project, “As our country grapples with natural disasters, political turmoil, violence, and everyday life, Americans rely on journalists and the news industry to explain and break through the chaos. But, for that process to survive, we need well-staffed newsrooms and a blossoming industry. Instead, big tech is decimating journalism. Facebook, Google, and big tech have consumed the digital landscape and continue to threaten local and national journalism. We need our elected officials to weigh in, to reign in big tech, and to save the journalism industry, before this goes any further.”

And, according to John Stanton, laid-off former D.C. bureau chief of BuzzFeed and co-founder of the Save Journalism Project, “The irony of all ironies, we live streamed today’s event on Facebook to ensure it reached the largest audience. The mere fact that we had to rely on the conglomerate proves our point: Facebook and Google have too much power. Together, they control the landscape, the audience, and the content. I saw this first hand at BuzzFeed, when Facebook, without notice, changed its algorithm, resulting in huge viewership and financial losses for the company. As more and more local and national news outlets feel the death grip of big tech, we need Congress to step in and save journalism.”

 

Journalism in America is facing an existential threat from the monopolistic control of tech giants like Google, Facebook, and Apple. Big tech’s dominance over the digital advertising market and their unrivaled capacity to monetize its platforms are having drastic effects on journalism as a whole.

Custom Land Rover Defender 130 in Midnight Blue

E.C.D. Automotive Design, known for their prestigious, high-end luxury vehicles, recently completed another stunning custom Defender 130. Design inspiration for this beautiful custom Defender 130 came from a 2017 Aston Martin DB11.

E.C.D. is one of the top automotive companies in the world for custom bespoke luxury Defenders. Through their Luxury Design Experience, clients are given full control of the design of their custom Defenders. With design control of that capacity, it’s no wonder one client chose to design and color elements from a favorite supercar – a 2017 Aston Martin DB11.

Project Deep Blue is finished in Midnight Blue, an original Aston Martin paint color available for the DB11. The exterior design elements of this custom Defender 130 are more reminiscent of a luxury vehicle, a contrasting look from previous Defender 130s built by E.C.D., whose designs were centered around being off-road warriors. Project Deep Blue is subtle, yet absolutely stunning.

Under the hood, you won’t find any inspiration from Aston Martin or Land Rover. Rather, the brute power of a naturally-aspirated, 565-horsepower LS3 V8 Corvette engine. The LS3 was chosen by the client for its known reliability, loads of power, plenty of available upgrades, and a GM powertrain warranty.

The interior features duotone upholstery with premium leathers from Spinneybeck — a classic Light Beige and a darker Botany Bay Beige throughout. The duotone colors were also chosen with inspiration from the Aston Martin DB11. Luxury Corbeau Trailcat seats in the front and rear are heated and ventilated for riding comfort. With plenty of modern features on the interior such as wireless charging pads for mobile devices, you quickly forget that you’re riding in a classic British off-road icon.

Save Journalism Project Launches To Protect Our Press From Big Tech

BuzzFeed Reports on Recently Laid Off Journalists Serving  As Spox For New Campaign To Save Journalism From Monopolistic Power of Big Tech Companies

Today, BuzzFeed reports on the Save Journalism Project that’s launching to raise awareness and engagement about the critical need to save journalism as it faces an existential threat—the monopolistic power of big tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Apple destroying the economic model of the entire journalism industry, whether its traditional circulation newspapers or digital news outlets. At the same time, Google and Facebook have made acquisition after acquisition, gaining a monopolistic position that lets them dominate the digital advertising marketplace and distribute massive amounts of content from news publishers on their platforms without paying to produce the content. Just now are Facebook, Google, and other tech giants facing federal government and Congressional antitrust scrutiny.

Two recently laid off reporters will serve as spokespeople for the Save Journalism Project, Laura Bassett  and John StantonLearn More and Join the Fight at SaveJournalism.org and@SaveTheNews.

BuzzFeed: These Reporters Lost Their Jobs. Now They’re Fighting Back Against Big Tech.

“John Stanton and Laura Bassett are warning about what they believe the tech industry is doing to journalism, as thousands have lost their jobs this year alone.

By Rosie Gray”

Two prominent reporters who were recently laid off from digital media outlets are forming a new advocacy group formed to raise awareness about big tech’s impact on the journalism industry.

John Stanton, a longtime congressional correspondent and former BuzzFeed News Washington bureau chief, and Laura Bassett, a former culture and political reporter for nearly 10 years at the Huffington Post, have teamed up to launch a new initiative called the Save Journalism Project. The two have first-hand experience with the troubled state of the news industry: Stanton was laid off from BuzzFeed News during a round of layoffs that affected 200 people company-wide this winter and spurred a unionization drive among the news staff. Bassett lost her job in similar fashion in January after Huffington Post laid off 20 employees as part of larger cuts at its parent company, Verizon Media.

This year has been one of the worst in recent memory for journalism jobs. Across the industry, thousands have lost their jobs: from BuzzFeed News, Vice, CNN, and others across the country at local publications. Media organizations have been imperiled by crashing advertising revenues as Facebook and Google vacuum up available ad dollars.

Their new project will be set up as a nonprofit, according to Eddie Vale, a Democratic consultant whose firm is providing the man-power to launch the effort. Vale pitched Bassett on the idea, and the two of them brought in Stanton. Vale said initial funding had been secured from “someone who doesn’t want to be public so Google and Facebook don’t go after them,” and the group plans to continue to fundraise. So far, the pair have co-authored testimony given to the Senate Judiciary Committee highlighting the tech giants’ impact on the news industry — “since being laid off, we’ve made it our mission to understand how the digital marketplace works and how Big Tech is killing the journalism industry,” they wrote — flown a plane above Google’s I/O conference, and authored op-eds.

A key part of their goal is to get journalists, who aren’t known for showing a keen interest in the business side of their publications or for engaging in advocacy themselves, to take an active role in defending the future of their jobs. In an interview, Stanton said they were “trying to educate the public and members of Congress and also start encouraging our colleagues to speak up.”

“Reporters are not generally super interested in speaking about their own problems and about things that affect them directly because they feel like it becomes a conflict of interest, and in certain ways that’s true,” Stanton said. “But when the future of the free press is being pretty seriously endangered by something, I think it’s incumbent upon us to stand up for ourselves.”

Like many reporters, Bassett said she had “never really had to pay attention to the financial side of journalism.”

But “after getting laid off, I started to become really interested in why all of these amazing news publishers were sort of going under, having to lay off staff, why we were losing local newspapers. It’s a tragedy, it’s really bad for democracy.”

Their effort comes at a time of increased scrutiny of the tech industry on the part of the federal government as well as Congress as public concern mounts over repeated privacy scandals, technology companies’ role in spreading misinformation, and their dominance over certain industries. The Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission reportedly made a deal to divide potential antitrust investigations between them; Apple and Google will fall under the purview of the DOJ, while the FTC took Facebook and Amazon. The House Judiciary Committee announced it would “conduct a top-to-bottom review of the market power held by giant tech platforms.”

The Save Journalism Project’s founders are hoping to steer the public conversation around the negative effects of Big Tech towards its impact on journalism.

Stanton, who lives in New Orleans, mentioned examples like that city’s local paper, the Times-Picayune, which laid off its entire staff last month. Around the country, Stanton said, “local reporters are so overtaxed. They’re doing as good a job as they can but there’s not enough of them.”

At the moment, Stanton and Bassett are more focused on warning the public and the industry about the issue than on proposing solutions.

“I do think that everyone is starting to see a need to break up and regulate these companies or something along those lines,” Bassett said. “And with regards to how they’re going to make journalism viable again, I don’t frankly know…I think right now we’re starting with just getting this conversation out into the public and making people aware of exactly what’s going on. I do hope at some point we graduate into saying, ‘here’s a list of policy proposals, here’s exactly what needs to happen.'”

Stanton and Bassett plan to interview elected officials, candidates and colleagues in the media about the industry’s crisis, and started with conducting on-camera interviews with Reps. Mark DeSaulnier and Ruben Gallego. They plan to circulate a letter with which media companies can sign on to their cause. And their first official event will be at the annual Congressional Baseball Game, where they plan to distribute a physical newspaper laying out the problems on their agenda.

“The DC press corps is a really powerful constituency within our industry,” Stanton said. “If we can get our colleagues [there] to start talking about this it will help more broadly.”

Austin Adventures: Family Appreciation Month

Through hard work and dedication to the details, Austin Adventures has grown to be the #1 Family Adventure company in the country. For over 35 years they have been taking families to the national parks of the West as well as special places around the globe. As a two-generation, owned and operated active travel company, family travel is in their DNA.

For the second year in a row, Austin Adventures is dedicating the entire month of March to “Family Appreciation,” with special incentives and giveaways, plus an interactive child & parent “Take a National Park Vacation” webinar that all ages will want to attend.

“Between work, school, athletic and social schedules, planning and scheduling a family vacation has never been more challenging, often to the point of missing the opportunity all together to create lasting bonds and memories within the family,” explains Dan Austin, company president and founder. “Austin Adventures is fully committed to helping anyway we can. Our goal is to take the stress out of vacation planning and then deliver an experience second-to-none.”

On Tuesday, Mar 12, 2019 at 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT Austin Adventures invites kids and parents to a live webinar focused on helping families (especially the kids) with their vacation planning. Anyone considering a small group vacation tour now or in the future is encouraged to attend. For information and to register click here.

The seminar will be hosted by Kasey Austin, Outside Magazine 2014 Family Guide of the Year. Making a cameo appearance will be Dan Austin, company visionary and travel industry legend. Together, The Austin Family has set the bar for family adventure travel for decades, so much so, they are often referred to as “the First Family of Adventure Travel.”

During this informal and informative webinar focused on the younger generation, Kasey will offer tips and insights on planning and visiting America’s National Parks along with other popular family destinations.

As an incentive to register and attend, every family that participates will receive a coupon worth $250 off their next Austin Adventures family vacation. Plus, all participating kids (age 6-12) whose parents end up booking a 2019 family national park adventure will receive a logo-embossed backpack (on Day 1 of the trip) packed full of swag (logo water bottle, trip journal, field guide, hacky sack, stickers and more).

“I had so much fun sharing my passion for our National Parks last year, I couldn’t wait to do it all again this year. Sharing the parks with the next generation of adventurer really is my passion. I am looking forward to sharing what we know and have learned from our 35+ years of taking families deep into our national parks,” said Kasey Austin.

“Dan and I will draw from our own experiences and help families with real time information that can assist them in making the most of a park vacation, whether with us or on their own. There will be a follow-up email survey as well as ample time for questions and answers.”

The webinar will help Austin Adventures kick-off their second annual “Family Appreciation” Month. Dedicated to celebrating and encouraging family vacations worldwide, this observance comes on the heels of the company’s 2nd wildly successful “Alumni Appreciation” month held in December, 2018. Throughout the month there will be dedicated e-newsletters and blogs on family travel, special incentives, travel agent promotions and for extended families, an offer of a free trip for one guest in groups of ten or more booked.

To assist in vacation planning, Austin Adventures also offers a free Insider’s Guide to Planning the Perfect Family Adventure. See: https://www.austinadventures.com/free-family-travel-guide/.

Austin Adventures has led the field when it comes to family adventures (twice being acknowledged by Travel + Leisure Magazine as the #1 Tour and Family Tour Operator in the World). For 2019, there are over 40 family adventures planned across the globe. Here is a sampling of some of the more popular National Park itineraries on the current Austin Adventures roster. All adult rates are per person, double occupancy.

Grand Canyon National Park: 6-days/5-nights from $2,998; children from $2,398.

Alaska- Kenai Fjords National Park: 6 days/5 nights from $3,698; children from $3,328.

Bryce & Zion National Parks: 6 days/5 nights from $2,798; children from $2,518.

Yellowstone National Park:  6 days/5 nights from $2,898; children from $2,318.

Grand Teton National Park: 6 days/5 nights from $3,298; children from $2,968.

Yosemite National Park: 6 days/5 nights from $3,698; children from $2,958.

Glacier National Park: 6 days/5 nights from $3,298; children from $2,638.

South Dakota – Black Hills (Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Monuments / Wind Cave NP): 6 days/5 nights from $2,898; children from $2,318.

Banff to Jasper National Parks 6 days/5 nights from $3,098; children from $2,478.

About Austin Adventures
Based in Billings, Montana, Austin Adventures has spent over 35 years building an international reputation as a top provider of luxury, small group, multi-sport tours for adults and families to the world’s most captivating destinations. They have been acknowledged twice by Travel + Leisure Magazine with the prestigious World’s Best Awards along with other national media accolades and distinctions. Austin Adventures has perfected the art of creating itineraries featuring exceptional regional dining, distinctive accommodations, incredible guides and exhilarating activities, all while keeping all-inclusive rates and services the norm. In addition to scheduled group departures on all seven continents, Austin Adventures has developed a reputation as the leader in customized trip planning and execution, all backed by the industry’s best money-back satisfaction guarantee.

Young Bae

A native of Seoul, South Korea, Young Bae’s childhood reads like a painful chapter of Oliver Twist. Using her innate talent – art – to overcome years of poverty, homelessness and abuse, Young managed to escape.

Young’s mom, an artist herself, was consistently unable to provide and care for her children and members of their community refused to volunteer assistance. Young recalls the cultural reaction to her family’s suffering with clarity,

“Korea is a materialistic country,” confides Young, now proprietor of the marquee Diamond Tattoos shop in New York City’s Times Square. “No matter how hard you work, it is hard to break away from poverty – nobody gives you an opportunity. If you’re poor, you’re poor for life. They treat the less fortunate like shit, hence I couldn’t talk to anybody about how I was living – not even my best friend. So I kept it all a secret, as best I could.”

Young did her best to mix in with other more privileged kids, even as she and her family moved around in church basements, abandoned houses and even a shipping container throughout her teenage years. “I may have been homeless with no money, but I was always fresh and fashionable,” says the self-taught tattoo queen has come a long way to now ink high-profile clientele and eager fans of the drama-filled show, “Black Ink.” “When my family didn’t have access to a shower I would clean up at public restrooms every morning. I’d also get hand-me-down-clothes from church and create my own fashions, or at least I tried to. My teachers suspected I was poor because there were things I couldn’t pay for, but for the most part I think I flew under the radar.”

She didn’t fly under the radar though when it came to her talent, her teachers and classmates acknowledged her ability to sketch, draw as well as paint. Young began receiving accolades for her fabrications, using the sales to buy basic necessities.

Young was able to land a partial academic scholarship to a college where she continued to hone her craft until she was ready to leave Korea.

“New York is an artist’s city,” says the Chugye University graduate, “so it just made sense.”

They say if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere and the bonafide hustler Young took the motto to heart. In 2007, the 22-year-old made a beeline for Koreatown in Manhattan, touching down with just $80 and a student visa to study English, she landed a job at a local nail salon.

Despite a language barrier, she wouldn’t stop there. Young continued job hunting, getting jobs at restaurants, jewelry shops, even illegally hawking her art in New York’s famed Union Square. All this to make her share of the rent for a small place with roommates in New Jersey.

On the way to the tattoo shop in NYC, the neon lights of New York City brightly shined on the other side of the Lincoln Tunnel.

Tattooing was illegal in South Korea so Young had no experience. “I walked in, took a look around at the tattoo sketches on the wall, and thought, hey, I could do this. So I offered the shop owners a barter: in exchange for giving me a shot I would clean their shop for free. They agreed.” With that, her apprenticeship commenced.

In no time, Young became confident in her skills and moved to another shop where she could demand a tattoo artist’s wages. Quickly becoming the most requested artist in the shop, Young decided look into owning and operating her own business.

“I rented this little ratty spot on 46th Street in Times Square. It was literally a storage room in the back of an eyebrow threading shop. I got licensed, worked like three additional jobs to afford the $1000/month overhead and scoured the area to find shelves, paint and other stuff to decorate. I upholstered my first tattoo chairs with fake leather I found on the street. Then every day I’d go hold up this human-sized sign advertising my shop, and miraculously people showed up. Eventually so many showed up, I quickly outgrew the space!”

With Young’s growing credibility and reputation among fellow artists throughout the tri-state area, it was no wonder that reality TV show producers eventually came calling.

“My shop might not have been the fanciest, but my work was good and news about me began to spread quickly. It kept getting bigger and busier every year,” she says.

Young was delighted to join VH1’s popular show “Black Ink Crew: New York” during its fifth season. Heading into its seventh season, Young Bae is a fascinating and loveable character to watch.

Through it all, Young gives God the credit for not just where she is today but where’s she’s headed, “I had faith that poverty, homelessness and abuse wouldn’t be the end of my story. I went through all of what I did so I could come out on top on the other end and eventually go on to help others who are vulnerable like I was. There is greatness waiting for us all and I’m determined to live and share my best life now.”

Currently, Young Bae is working on an athleisure line 2one2 and a book sharing her life experiences.

Additional information can be found on her wikipedia.

Women In Media

Women’s Media Center Releases 2019 Status of Women in U.S. Media Report:

Men dominate news, entertainment and digital media

94 studies — including new research from WMC — detail the shape and scope of women’s participation in media

Click here to read the full report.

The Women’s Media Center (WMC) today released its 2019 report on the status of women in U.S. media, which shows that despite some gains, men still dominate in every part of news, entertainment and digital media.

“The Status of Women in the U.S. Media 2019” is comprised of 94 studies, including original research by WMC and aggregated research from academia, industry and professional groups, labor unions, media watchdogs, newsrooms and other sources.

Julie Burton, president of the Women’s Media Center, said the data in the report paints a stark picture. “The media is in a state of great disruption, but despite all of the change, one thing remains the same: the role of women is significantly smaller than that of men in every part of news, entertainment and digital media. It is clear that a cultural, systemic shift is necessary if all parts of the U.S media are to achieve gender and racial parity and move toward a world where stories fully represent the voices and perspectives of diverse women,” she said. “Research spotlighted in this report shows that diversity boosts corporate profits. When boardrooms, newsrooms, studios and tech companies fully reflect the faces, genders and myriad talents of our society, we’re all exceedingly better served.”

The report includes several original WMC studies, including “Divided 2019: The Media Gender Gap,” an assessment of where women stand as media writers, reporters, correspondents and anchors in the major news media platforms, including the prime-time broadcast news programs, print publications, wire services and online news sites. Across all media platforms, men receive 63 percent of bylines and credits; women receive only 37 percent.

“Women have been fighting for greater parity and equality in the news media for decades,” said Maya Harris, co-chair, Women’s Media Center. “This report shows that more work needs to be done to level the playing field. Women and our male allies will not rest until we see wholesale change.”

“When we watch the evening news, we’re not seeing an America that truly reflects all voices,” said Pat Mitchell, co-chair, Women’s Media Center. “Too often, the voices we hear and the images we see are men’s. Men largely are reporting and telling the story even though women represent more than half the U.S. population.”

The report is inclusive and also features WMC’s “The Status of Women of Color in the U.S. News Media 2018,” which offers a rare look at where women journalists of color are — and aren’t — in legacy print, radio, TV, and digital news.

“Missing women of color in the newsrooms of this country is an injustice in itself, and an injustice to every American reader and viewer who is deprived of great stories and a full range of facts,” said Gloria Steinem, WMC co-founder. “Inclusiveness in the newsroom means inclusiveness in the news. Racism and sexism put blinders on everyone.”

In an expanded section on tech, social media, gaming and engineering, “Status 2019” also spotlights the growing threat online to women in media and the perils of failing to protect free and safe speech.

“As part of their day-to-day work, women journalists often face a torrent of harassment, denigration, and threats. The point of this hostility is to silence women, most frequently women of color,” said Soraya Chemaly, director of WMC’s Speech Project. “The onus continues to fall on women’s shoulders as individuals.  Media companies have to develop institutional responses to these threats if they are serious about building inclusive organizations.”

Here are the Status report highlights in traditional print and online-only, radio and television, news consumption, entertainment media and technology, social media, gaming and engineering:

In news media: print and online-only:

  • The American Society of News Editors’ latest tally found that women comprised 41.7 percent and people of color 22.6 percent of the overall workforce in those responding newsrooms.
  • Sports desks at 75 of the nation’s newspapers and online news sites earned a “B+” for racial diversity, a “D+” for gender and racial diversity, combined, and a sixth consecutive “F” for lack of gender equity. (Associated Press Sports Editors)
  • Editors of the nation’s 135 most widely distributed newspapers are overwhelmingly male and White. (Columbia Journalism Review)
  • 69 percent of news wire bylines (AP and Reuters) are snagged by men, 31 percent by women; 63 percent of TV prime-time news broadcasts feature male anchors and correspondents; 37 percent feature women; 60 percent of online news is written by men, 40 percent by women; 59 percent of print news is written by men, 41 percent by women. (Women’s Media Center)

In news media: radio and television:

  • A record number of women are employed in TV news, including as news directors, but fewer women and people of color work in radio news. (Radio Television Digital News Association)
  • Women owned 7.4 percent of the nation’s commercial TV stations. (Federal Communications Commission)

In entertainment media: film, TV & online streaming:

  • Over 12 years, through 2018, men accounted for 93.4 percent, or, 654, of the 704 individual directors of the highest-grossing films. Women accounted for 6.6 percent, or, 46 of those 704. (University of Southern California’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative)
  • The number of women working on-screen in television and online streaming entertainment shows declined 2 percentage points from 2016-17 to 2017-18, when 40 percent of all speaking characters were female and 60 percent were men. (San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film)
  • The share of women among nominees in the Oscars’ 19 non-acting categories rose slightly from 23 percent to 25 percent from 2018 to 2019, but women were shut out of nominations for cinematography, directing, editing, original score and visual effects. (Women’s Media Center)
  • The proportion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer regular (LGBTQ) characters cast during the 2018-19 broadcast TV season — 8.8 percent of 857 regular characters — was the highest tallied in 14 years. (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation)

In tech, social media, gaming, engineering:

  • 45 percent of U.S. gamers were female, reflecting continued, year-over-year increases in female gamers. (Entertainment Software Association)
  • Over a decade, there was no significant rise in the number of female tech workers and Black tech workers. (U.S. Government Accountability Office)
  • 53 percent of women and 16 percent of men said they had been harassed at work. (Women Who Tech)

Click here to read the full report.

About The Women’s Media Center

The Women’s Media Center, founded by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem, is an inclusive and feminist organization that works to make women visible and powerful in the media. We do so by promoting women as decision-makers and as subjects in media; training women to be effective in media; researching and exposing sexism and racism in media; and creating original online and on-air journalism.